Technical Skills

Technical Skills

Correctional Industries' (CI) inmate work program is modeled after the real world. Employability and technical skills are developed and applied daily in prison. CI leverages its business strengths as a workforce development program for inmates, and has forged a strong relationship with the DOC's Education Program which contracts with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Each facility has a community college program on site. Vocational classes and education support CI and develop employability skills. Completing particular classes puts inmates in a good position to transition to industry jobs, such as:

  • Accounting Clerk
  • CNC Machine Operator
  • Files Clerk
  • Machine Repair
  • ProCad Drafter
  • Shipping and Receiving Clerk
  • AutoCad Drafter
  • Computer Operator
  • Invoicing Clerk
  • Maintenance Worker
  • Purchasing Clerk
  • Welder
  • Carpenter
  • Custodian
  • Inventory Clerk
  • Painting/Powder Coating
  • Sewing Machine Operator

Class II Jobs

Class II industries are businesses owned and operated by the state that provide job training and work experience to individuals who are incarcerated. Each class II job is categorized according to its occupational definition using the Federal Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system. Information in this system is useful to CI’s Workforce Development staff and to releasing jobseekers who are working on their resumes or are searching for industry specific education and training requirements.

To further refine these classifications, similar job duties are combined to form major, minor, and broad categories of related fields or “Career Clusters.” Additionally, each SOC code is identified as one of five "Job Zones." These zones give a reasonable expectation to the amount of pay, training, education and or related experience needed for entry into a particular field.

Certificate of Proficiency

Recognizing Achievement

After 1,500 hours in one job classification, incarcerated workers who have demonstrated a high level of proficiency in their field of work may be nominated by their supervisor for a Certificate of Proficiency. Based on established SOC criteria, these certificates are issued in recognition of an inmate's hard work and dedication and can be used as part of their work expereince portfolio. Additionally, inmates trained through CI's TRAC Program or by working with various organizations can also earn specialized industry accredited certificates in areas such as forklift operation, flagging, and laundry management.

Partnership Opportunity

TRAC Program

Correctional Industries offers a Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program for inmates interested in obtaining skills in building trades including carpentry, construction labor and iron working. Students are divided into classes where they receive individual hands-on training. Those who pass their pre-employment tests are awarded a certificate of accreditation, and are well positioned to find meaningful work after release. This 16-week pre-apprenticeship program leads to direct union apprenticeship entry, developed in cooperation with the Carpenters, Laborers, Ironworkers, and Lathers, Acoustical and Drywall Systems (LADS) trade unions.

Pacific Luthern University's MediaLab put together a great documentary that "chronicles the progress of several female offenders enrolled in the Trades Related Apprenticeship Coaching (TRAC) program", and provides an inside look on the program.

Partnering with Education